Cuncolim Festivals !!


The small and beautiful town of Cuncolim , which is blessed with a rich cultural heritage, boasts of various folk festivals, folksongs and folkdances that speak volumes on the social life and natural treasures of the region, including its varied flora and fauna. These folk festivals, folksongs and folkdances have percolated from ancient times to the modern era, and the traditional folk culture has carved out an important place for itself in the modern era too.

 

Dhalo Festival

Dhalo, which is a combination of dance, drama and song, is one such traditional folk festival celebrated in Cuncolim that has become an integral part of the social and cultural life of the people of Cuncolim, especially the village folk. Dhalo is a women's festival and is performed in an open courtyard locally known as 'Dhalyacho mand' or sometimes simply 'mand' and this festival goes on for five, seven or nine days, depending on the village tradition, in the month of Pausha and Magha of the Hindu calendar. The Dhalo songs tell the stories of life, society and harmonious relationship of women with nature. Through these songs, women reflect their devotion for the Earth Goddess (Dharti Mata) and the Forest Goddess (Van Devata). In Cuncolim Dhalo festival celebrated with pomp and fever at Ghongar, Talwada & at Culwado.

 

Carnival Festival

Among the many and various colorful feasts and festivals that are celebrated in Cuncolim the Carnival is the most eagerly awaited event. The 'Carnival' is exclusive and unique and was introduced by the Portuguese who ruled over Goa for over five hundred years. The carnival is held in February for three days and nights, when the legendary king Momo takes over the state and the streets come alive with music and color. The word Carnival (Carnival in Portuguese) is derived from a Latin word meaning 'to take away meat' and is an expression of the 40-day period of fasting of Lent, during which abstinence from meat is a rule.

 

Shigmostav

The festival of shigmo begins with collective obeisance of villagers from 9th moon day to full-moon day of the month of Phalgun (March). It is the festival of farewell to winter celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna (March), the last month of the Hindu calendar. Shigmo begins with Naman or collective obeisance of villagers from 9th moon day to full-moon day. During all these days, they are to shun non-vegetarian food and all intoxicants. A spectacular display of Goan Hindu ethnicity and mythology is shown as the annual Shigmo parade . The Parade starts from Shabu Dessai Raod, Bhuinsa via Maria Bambina Convent High School to the Cuncolim Bus Stand. From the 11th Moon day to the 15th moon day, various village groups clad in their most colorful dresses set out with festive mood with multicolored cloths, torans, flags and column-like red spotted "Dwajas", beating drums and blowing flutes to gather at the village temples, and dance in the temple court yard singing various folk songs to the beat of the drums. On the 5th day comes the real day of re-rejoicing known as "Rang Panchami" . The main function of the day, however, is the profuse use of 'Gulal' or red-powder. It's a symbol of rejoicing, when people throw it on each other as a sign of full-hearted greeting. The Rang Panchami of village cuncolim known as Sontreo (Umbrella) Festival. In rest of the Goa and neighboring states it also famous as "Kunkolkanni cho Sontreo. Shree Ramnath Devasthan and Shri. Shantadurga Devastan at Talwada and Shantadurga Devasthan at Panzorconi are other small village from Cuncolim celebarate Sontreo.